Friday, September 4, 2015

Teaching at Shenandoah University!

Shenandoah University
This summer I received a surprising phone call.  I've been invited to teach a Metalsmithing class at Shenandoah University!  It will start in October at their campus in Winchester, VA.  I'm very excited about the opportunity to teach at a school like this.  

The class will be run through the University's Center for Lifelong Learning.  The Learning Center's goal is to offer affordable, educational and inspiring classes since its inception in 1990.  

Although I'm to teach others, it's been a real learning experience for me!  So much thought has to go into developing a class like this. I really wanted to come up with interesting projects that would appeal to a variety of ages and skill levels.

Check out the description below.  Maybe I'll see you in class!  

Creating Jewelry: Metal Smithing!  

One of the Class Projects
Creating your own jewelry is actually pretty easy once you learn how. Join us and acquire the basic metal-smithing techniques needed to design and create your own beautiful finished pieces of jewelry. No previous experience necessary. This five-week class is designed for the beginner who wants to start, or for the jewelry hobbyist seeking to expand their skills and understand the components of working with metal.   

Time will be spent becoming acquainted with safety, jewelry tools and wire. Using wire and sheet metal, we will cover basic forming, filing, sawing and assembly. You will start by making your own jump rings, links, clasps, and ear wires. Those jewelry elements will then be built upon to assemble more complex pieces. Each class will focus on building a different piece of jewelry. What isn’t finished in class may be taken home to complete. 

Creating your own metal jewelry is fun and easy once you have the skills at your fingertips. This hands-on class has been geared to give you all of the essential skills and confidence to make your own jewelry at home! 
Class Projects

Class materials and tools will be provided and shared during class use. Tools may be purchased from instructor. 

Your instructor, Meredith Hilt is a Virginia based metal smith and jewelry artist who shares her artistic talents by teaching jewelry workshops and classes in Northern Virginia. A graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (PA), she is also a founding member and President of The Gateway Gallery Artist Cooperative, holds board positions on the Round Hill Arts Center and the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, and annually participates in both the Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour, and Catoctin Holiday Artist Tour. Her jewelry is sold in galleries on the East Coast, and also on  

WED: 10/7/15 — 11/4/15
Time: 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Course: CONT 168 CLL1 CEUs 1
Cost: $89
Location: Main Campus, Gregory Hall, Room 104

Click here for more information and Registration



  1. Good morning! I found this post while searching Winchester for a class. I am very excited to have found this and even more excited that I may still be able to register. This is open to the public correct?

    1. Yes! This class is open to all! I'm really looking forward to it, and plan to keep it FUN! Hope you'll join us Amanda!